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PM criticised WB on panchayat violence without checking facts: Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

today said Narendra Modi's criticism of her government over the violence during panchayat elections was "unexpected" and he had made the comments without checking facts.

It is not a constitutional norm that the and the chief ministers speak against each other, Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat.

Modi on Tuesday came down heavily at the government over the violence during panchayat elections in West Bengal, saying democracy was "murdered" for narrow political interests.

"We never expected the to speak in this manner... The prime minister has spoken against us but I have not reacted because of courtesy. He has spoken on whatever he was briefed by the workers without crosschecking facts," the governing (TMC) supremo said.

Stating that there were some "sporadic incidents" of violence during the May 14 panchayat elections, she said 10 out of the 13 persons killed on the day were TMC supporters.

"They were murdered by supporters of the and the CPI (M). There has been FIR in every case," Banerjee alleged referring to the arrest of former TMC MLA Arabul Islam.

Not a single was killed, she alleged, adidng that to "intimidate" voters, people from were brought inside through Bangaon, Bagda, Gaighata and Basirhat and that had hampered the polls for sometime.

"Crores and crores of rupees were brought into during the elections from states like Jharkhand, and others. We have arrested a few. This is a new culture in West Bengal. This was also practised at the (assembly) elections in and that has opened our eyes," she claimed.

"I condemn horse trading. If this trend continues it will destroy the country, democracy and civilisation," she said.

Banerjee said that the has been enquiring on a daily basis even when a BJP activist alleges anything.

Terming those killed during the polls as "martyrs", Banerjee said the would compensate their families irrespective of their political affiliation.

The family of the presiding who died at Raiganj in district during the panchayat elections would also be compensated though he was a railway employee, the said.

She alleged that though the BJP has been carrying out operations against them in Chhattisgarh, it was working with the Maoists in West Bengal.

Banerjee was referring to the unrest at Bhangar in South 24 district over setting up of a power grid sub-station there.

"We are fighting to protect a central project. We could have ignored that because it is a central government project. But providing protection to it is also one of my responsibility. The central government is also my government," she said.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 23:25 IST